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Indie Film: Filmmaker’s struggle with depression informs his latest short

Robbie Moore hopes again to reach audiences on a personal level with ‘3:46 a.m.’

Moore’s latest short film is “3:46 a.m.,” which he said was in its final day of post-production when we spoke on the phone. Born from Moore’s own struggles with depression (as well as that suffered by many creative types after two tough pandemic years), the film centers on a young woman (Emily Eberhart) who finds herself awakened at the exact same early hour every day, only to discover that she can’t move – and that something is lurking in the darkness of her room. The film also features supporting turns from always-compelling Maine acting fixtures Jenny Anastasoff and Daniel Noel. 

Movie scene to be filmed in and around Lewiston’s Kennedy Park

On Saturday, Kennedy Park will be crawling with police. And FBI agents. And a couple of bad guys in orange jail suits to complete the scene.

Take a breath, friend, none of it will be real. Those aren’t police officers, as it turns out, they’re actors. The snarling dude in the jumpsuit? Also an actor.

All the hubbub in the park will be the work of Alegria Mangala Kinfumu, a filmmaker from Angola who is working on his latest project, a film called “The Murderer.”

Indie Film: Back at the Nick, SMCC’s film students’ shorts aren’t short of weighty content

Let the Maine Mayhem begin. 

Always one of the most surprising and entertaining movie events of the year, the 12th annual Maine Mayhem Film Festival is coming to Portland’s Nickelodeon Cinema on Wednesday, May 11. The result of a semester of hard and productive work by students of Southern Maine Community College’s Communications and New Media department, the five short films represent the first big-screen efforts of some of Maine’s most promising aspiring filmmakers. 

Hollywood’s COVID safety measures aren’t going away anytime soon. Here’s why

An alliance of major studios and entertainment industry unions are once again at the bargaining table to renegotiate the so-called return-to-work agreement — the terms for working during the pandemic — that expires April 30. On Friday the deal was extended to allow more time for negotiations, according to a joint union statement.

Some people close to talks say they are expecting current measures that have suppressed outbreaks and shutdowns to remain . Moreover, most production insurance still excludes coverage for COVID-19 related losses and the vast majority of filming is going ahead regardless, said John Hamby, National Entertainment Practice Leader at Risk Strategies.